Massage Therapists'
Association of Nova Scotia

Committees 

Conference Committee - Peg McMartin (chair)

Peg received her diploma from ICT Northumberland College and has been a practicing massage therapist in Halifax since 2000. She is an active member in good standing and volunteer for the Massage Therapists' Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS). She is the current Chair of the Education Conference and a member the Regulation Committee. Peg also maintains an inactive membership with the College of Massage Therapists' on Ontario (CMTO). She blends a variety of Swedish massage, Craniosacral Therapy, and Suikodo techniques into her balanced treatment approach. She welcomes the challenge of assisting her clients to maintain a healthy approach to their self care. Peg joined the faculty of CCMH Halifax in 2005 and is an Instructor and a Clinic Supervisor in the CCMH Student Intern Clinic.  An advocate for volunteerism, Peg has provided volunteer massage experiences at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre, Sunshine Room, for ten years.  As well she has participated in various sporting events held in Halifax as both a massage therapist and volunteer.

Investigative Committee – Monica Miller (chair)

Monica is a graduate of the class of 2003 from ICT Northumberland College. She has been a volunteer with MTANS since 2005 in various capacities including having been a member of the Conference Committee, Director on the MTANS Board, Secretary-Treasurer on the MTANS Board, Public Relations Committee member and Chair, and Investigations Committee member. Monica has been the Chair of the investigations Committee since Fall 2018. In her role as Investigations Chair and general member, she has taken training in Fundamentals of Investigations as well as Investigating Allegations of Harassment & Sexual Assault in the Workplace. Monica has practiced in a variety of work settings including a massage only clinic, a chiropractic office, a home based office, and now practices full time and manages Momentum Wellness in Tantallon. She has advanced training in myofascial release, deep tissue
massage, craniosacral therapy, and neuromanipulation and believes in bringing a diverse technique "kit" to her patient care.

Professional Development – Tracy Stewart McInnis and Heather Cosgrove Smith (co-chairs)

Hi, my name is Tracy Stewart McInnis, I am self-employed and have been for the entire 16 years I have been practicing. I specialize in deep tissue and trigger point release. I am a mother of a 5 year old little girl and spend most of my time chasing her around outside of work. I do try and find time to manage the CEU website, and help run the CEU committee. My interests are kayaking, hiking, camping and cooking. And last but not least, trying to stay upright on the trampoline in the backyard.

Public Relations committee – Savanah Cameron (chair) 

Regulation – Elizabeth Pullin (chair)

Elizabeth (Liz) A. Pullin, originally from Corner Brook, NL, graduated from the Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage in Fredericton, NB, in 2003. Liz moved to NS, and joined MTANS in May 2005, where she practiced in the Valley for one year at a private clinic before opening her own business. Aware Health Services (previously named Aware Massage Therapy Clinic) opened in June of 2006, and continues to operate, offering in home Massage Therapy and Doula services to its clients. Always having an interest in regulation, Liz volunteered to Chair the Legislation Committee in 2008, with the hopes of seeing the regulation of Massage Therapy in Nova Scotia. Liz continues to Chair that committee and work toward the final goal of regulation.

School Liaision – Shawn Foubert

Shawn has been practicing massage therapy for 30 years, trained in both Eastern and Western philosophies, Shawn is an intuitive therapist at heart. Shawn has been a member of MTANS since returning home in 2008. Since that time he has been on the Board of Directors with MTANS for 4 years, two of those years as Vice President. He was also the School Liaison for MTANS for that time. Shawn supervise clinics at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydro Therapy and is currently taking the Train the Trainer course  from N.S. Dept, of Labor and Advance Education,  so he will be able to teach at the college. Shawn teaches a course for Massage Therapists on Indian Head Massage and is currently developing a new course for CEU’s. Shawn has recently returned home from an 18 month over seas experience in Doha, Qatar.

Spokesperson – Matthew Ellis


Matthew has been a Registered Massage Therapist with MTANS since 2006, working in a clinical capacity in a variety of professional settings, currently in Yarmouth, NS. While practicing in a busy multidisciplinary office, he has also been involved in Massage Therapy education at the High School level, opening his clinic to several Co-Operative students from schools in Yarmouth and the surrounding areas. He has also sent students to schools in Halifax, NS, following the time they spent observing and learning from him, several of whom have then gone on to become successful RMTs themselves. He has trained with the Upledger, Vodder and Schweitzer Schools in his pursuits of Continuing Education and is always looking to learn and grow as a practitioner. Matthew is also the Founder and President of Iron Wave Productions, a vocal production company which works all over the world and has now added his strong baritone voice to the worthy cause of MTANS, their goals, and it's membership. He is a professionally trained voice-over artist, as well as a prolific public speaker, and enjoys those roles immensely. In his spare time, Matthew reads, travels and trains diligently in Shotokan Karate, while assisting to teach young children the art. He is the proud Father of his two amazing Sons."